I'm in Queensland, north of the fires, but this was in my paper...
"More than 40 bushfires raged across NSW yesterday, many of them have been thought to be deliberately lit.Almost 200 nusing home and Spastic Centre residents, and some primary school students, were evacuated as at least five fires threatned Sydney's north.
In the north of the State,exhausted crews tried to contain blazes that burned out 3/4 of a million hectares. Firefighters were last night warned the danger could escalate today, when temperatures are likely to soar on the back of dry north-westerly winds.
Late yesterday, a 24yo Chatswood man and a 49yo Balmain man were charged with deliberately lighting fires."
Where I am is very very dry. Some of my grass is lookinglike straw. I never usually have to water it, as my yard tends to hold water. (windsong drags out the sprinkler)
I hope whoever you know there is doing ok.